If you’re a lawyer, a legal professional, or at least have a legal educational background who knows how to write and prefers to work from home, you’re in luck: various legal firms and agencies are now offering legal writer jobs for creating content on their websites, as well as their clients’ websites.
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Best of all, these firms are specifically looking for legal writers who can work from home to reduce the overhead costs of hiring someone to travel to their office.
But why would they need legal writers in the first place?
The internet has certainly changed plenty of industries, and the legal profession is among them. More and more people are searching for legal information online, including other law professionals, law students, and most importantly, potential clients.
Law firms and offices have wised up and started to offer up information resources on their websites that are optimized for search engines so that those who search for this information will find their way to their website.
More relevant content on their websites means search engines can index their sites better, building their domain authority and driving traffic to their websites.
In today’s post, I list down companies that are offering legal writer jobs that you can do from home.
How much does a legal writer make?
The average salary of legal writers is around $46,500 per year or about $22 per hour, though the range falls between $18 to $28 (Source). Higher education and more technically demanding writing jobs will yield higher pay. A few job ads have six-figure salaries attached to them.
Where to Find Legal Writer Jobs
Here are 10 sites that regularly recruit legal writers.
If you are just starting out in the area of legal writing, this company is a good place to go and gain some experience.
LegalMatch is a website dedicated to connecting their customers with legal issues to the right lawyer. Their specialties include Family, Employment, Criminal Defense, Real Estate, Business, Immigration, Personal Injury, Estate, Bankruptcy, Government, and Intellectual Property.
They also have a Law Library, which they take pride in as one of the most comprehensive and popular online legal resources.
Their corporate headquarters are located in San Francisco, CA, and they have offices in Reno and Las Vegas, NV, Austin, TX, and a development center in Cebu, Philippines.
They currently don’t have legal writer positions open, but they do open this periodically, so check their careers site from time to time.
Quimbee offers materials to help law students ace their law courses and prepare for the bar.
It contracts legal writers to help build out its growing library of case studies and summaries, online courses, articles, and white papers as well as study guides and practice questions for the Bar.
To apply for a remote freelance legal writer job with Quimbee, you must have graduated from a law school. Experience with law journals is a plus.
The Legal Writing Institute (or LWI) is a non-profit organization that aims to improve and develop professional legal writing by supporting the development of teaching resources and forums.
They offer legal instruction and writing jobs from all around the country and posts them to their online job board. Not all the posted jobs are remote and work-from-home; however, there is the occasional posting for a remote writer or instructor.
The site is also a good source of legal information and news, and it publishes its own journal. Membership is free.
Nolo has been publishing do-it-yourself legal guides since 1971. It has since evolved with technology, and now Nolo.com and the Nolo Network is one of the internet’s largest free libraries of legal information.
They also have a lawyer directory to help you find just the right lawyer for your needs.
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Martindale-Nolo is a partnership between Nolo and Martindale-Hubbell that offers a highly targeted lead generation service that helps attorneys and law firms grow their practice. They periodically hire legal writers to create well-written and informative articles on various legal areas, such as bankruptcy, criminal law, immigration, Medicaid, personal injury, employment law, and many others.
Currently, Nolo is hiring legal writers to write about veterans benefits and taxes for small business owners.
Payment is made per completed article, and writers work with an editor to decide on topics and submission deadlines. Writers keep their own byline, and that byline can be linked to their own professional website.
PaperStreet is a web design company that specializes in creating, overhauling, and maintaining websites for lawyers, attorneys, and law firms.
Aside from web design, they offer content marketing solutions, including blog posts, biographies, press releases, legal articles, newsletters, and social media copy.
The posted content is optimized for external search engines, and may additionally be optimized for website-specific, internal search engines.
They periodically hire legal writers to create content for uploading to websites for law firms and attorneys. Check this page for instructions on how to apply as a legal writer to PaperStreet.
They also post openings for legal writer jobs on job boards.
LawLytics builds and maintains websites especially for solo practitioners and small law firms.
They offer website features that are specific to law websites, such as contact forms that users can easily customize for lead management, blogging tools that make it easier to create law-related articles, and tools to organize your case results so you can showcase them.
LawLytics is currently looking for remote legal writers to help create compelling content, such as original articles and detailed blog posts for various attorney websites and blogs.
They require a bachelor’s degree and extensive online writing experience, and the salary is around $13 to $20 an hour.
LawLytics is offering this position through SimplyHired, but you can also try to contact them directly to express your interest in the position.
BluShark Digital is a digital marketing company providing SEO solutions to both small and big law firms as well as solo legal practitioners.
They are on the lookout for Freelance Legal Marketing Writers and Freelance Legal Copywriters who can create SEO-optimized content for BluShark’s clients.
A law degree is an advantage but not required. They value willingness to learn and being reliable more than a college degree. Salary starts at $22 per written webpage (550 to 770 words) for new content writers.
Find openings for these two positions on their job board.
Upsolve is a nonprofit tech startup that helps people file for bankruptcy on their own, guides them through the forms, and assists them with wiping their slates clean to improve their credit.
They’re currently looking for remote Consumer Legal & Finance Attorney Content Writers to help the layperson understand bankruptcy, student loans, debt collection, debt settlement, debt consolidation, foreclosure, repossession, creditor harassment, and many other legal concepts.
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Upsolve needs law school grads that can put out 10 or more articles a month and able to break down complex topics for a general audience.
To apply, email rohan[at]upsolve[dot]org the following:
- your résumé
- a brief description of yourself and why you would be a good fit for this position
- 2 to 3 writing samples, preferably about online pieces related to finance/law
Exela Technologies is a global business process automation (BPA) currently providing services to companies in the banking, healthcare, insurance, and other smaller industries.
They plan to branch out to support companies in the legal industry, and they’re looking for Freelance Legal Researcher and Writer to create 275- to 450-word blog posts about US legal topics like personal injury, family law, business law, criminal law, or civil law.
The position pays $12 per written assignment.
Verbit is a transcription and captioning company trusted by top institutions, court reporting agencies, and various other organizations.
They’re currently looking for a Content Writer in the legal space to create effective content regarding legal topics for different written media, such as ebooks, whitepapers, blog posts, etc.
They need a writer who has at least 2 years of experience as a content writer and preferably from the legal industry.
More: Job Boards To Search For Legal Writer Job Listings
You’d be surprised at how many legal writer positions are posted on generic job boards.
FlexJobs is a subscription-based job board that focuses on listing only freelance and/or telecommute work.
As such, it usually offers several legal writer jobs through various companies as well as blogs and websites. Freelancers who want to be regularly updated about available contract work that can be performed from home should consider signing up with FlexJobs.
This site offers completely remote legal writing gigs in such fields as contract, family, criminal, intellectual property, and corporate law.
In most cases, the writer performs online research and then rewords the findings into plain English for both lawyers and their clients.
Payment varies depending on work length and experience of the writer.
Indeed offers quite a number of legal writer positions and is another free resource that freelancers should be checking out, and often.
By imputing the search terms “legal writer” and removing any location reference, you can get at least 5 results. Positions can be further narrowed by salary range, job type, and experience level.
This job board frequently lists freelance and legal writing jobs in subject areas such as bankruptcy, family law, estate planning, etc.
While site membership is a requirement of accessing hiring company names, this membership provides a convenient way to access job listings that are completely remote and telecommute.
This new job board periodically accepts new members, but you can still search the site for legal writing jobs for free and even learn which companies/clients are hiring. It appears that most, if not all, writing jobs listed here are remote and on a freelance basis.
Start Applying For Legal Writer Jobs Today!
If being a legal writer is something you truly want to pursue, I hope the list above helps you find the company that fits you the best.
Where to Find Other Work-At-Home Writer Jobs
If legal writing isn’t your forte, or you’re interested in other writing jobs you can do at the same time, here are other articles on this site that guide you on how to get other writing jobs from home.
Do you have any experience in legal writing? Have you previously applied to be a legal writer?